Last week, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley stirred up some controversy. Specifically, he believes he is the “worst-treated champion in the history of the UFC” because of his race.
“The Chosen One” expectedly drew flak from fans because of his comments. It is something he recognizes and has conceded to.
“This is a sensitive subject. A lot of people aren’t gonna like it,” Woodley said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “I can explain until I’m blue in the face, some people still would never agree with me. They would still think that I’m playing the victim.”
Woodley feels he holds the responsibility to speak out about racism, which he strongly believes exists in the sport today. His recent statements gained so much traction that he says he was contacted by someone from the UFC.
“If it wasn’t a problem and if it wasn’t a current situation that exists in the sport, why would my promoter be contacting me on how to solve the problem? Now, hats off to them, because they didn’t have to do that.’
“Martin Luther King. I’m not comparing myself — because I know some people are gonna take this to left field — I’m not comparing myself to the great Muhammad Ali or Martin Luther King, what I’m telling you is that at that time they did not know they were going to be Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali,” Woodley said. “They did not know that they were going to be figures that did so much outside of their field to impact change. They did it because it was right.”
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